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    DAY ONE REPORT - THURSDAY OCTOBER 20
    Thursday, 20 October 2005


    A record total of 56,786 people attended day one of the 2005 Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast today including more than 10,000 students from more than 140 schools across Northern NSW and Southern Queensland.

    All three support categories took to the track – the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup, CARSguide Aussie Racing Cars and Haymans Electrical V8 Utes with a Practice, Qualifying and Race 1.

    One of the main focuses today was a special Speed Comparison test over one lap between three Team Australia cars – a Champ Car driven by Alex Tagliani, V8 Supercar driven by David Besnard and Aussie Racing Car driven by Danielle Argiro – the only female competitor on the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend. With all three cars together on the Lexmark Hairpin, the acceleration of the 750-horsepower Champ Car won out from the V8 Supercar and Aussie Racing Car.

    Lexmark Indy 300 General Manager James O’Brien:

    “A record first day crowd, exciting racing, well-attended off track events and plenty of on track entertainment has set a great platform for the Lexmark Indy 300 for the next three days. Despite a bit of much-needed rain for Queensland this afternoon, patrons including the thousands of students in attendance enjoyed the bumper-to-bumper racing in the support categories, and the new Speed Comparison initiative which provided a great spectacle on the track. There is already plenty of green and gold support right around the circuit, and the inclusion of three Team Australia Champ Cars, a Team Australia Aussie Racing Car and Team Australia V8 Ute is generating a new wave of support for the Event. The Official Off Track events held this week have also received overwhelming support from fans. These have really transformed the Gold Coast into a carnival creating plenty of Indy Fever.”
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  • #2
    750 H.P.? I thought it had been brought down.
    Brian W Keske
    bwkdesign.wordpress.com

    "The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bkeske
      750 H.P.? I thought it had been brought down.
      ...it was brought down to 750HP a few of years ago. In 2001, they were up around 900HP, with TC, etc.,,,

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      • #4
        You are right, my mistake.
        Brian W Keske
        bwkdesign.wordpress.com

        "The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite."
        -- Thomas Jefferson

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        • #5
          i still dont see how this event helped CART/CCWS overall.. its not like these fans will follow the series to other events.. Other then races in Mexico and Canada where the fans can go to other events, why do CART/CCWS travel outside of there home base other then for money? Same can be said about Motegi for the IRL but that is a Honda provision.. Its not like they would run there without Honda being in the league..
          "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

          Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

          "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

          As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

          SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chris Paff
            Other then races in Mexico and Canada where the fans can go to other events, why do CART/CCWS travel outside of there home base other then for money?
            Gee, you think there might be people outside the NAFTA region that like Champ Cars?
            If you break a vase and then glue it back together and the vase loses it's value, you do not get credit for fixing it. You get the blame for damaging it....

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            • #7
              Sure. Just not 57,000 of them who want to watch practice in the rain.

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              • #8
                if it does not help the other events.. why go there other then for money? It takes a couple weeks to travel there.. hard for TV to adapt to it in America.. and i seriously doubt people in Australia like Champ Car or Indycar.. I bet they dont know the difference.. If it was all about Champ Car it would be the Gold Coast Champ Car 300 instead of Indy.. good try..
                "Paff has been closer to the mark than anyone will give him credit for."

                Richard Kimble 11/18/2010

                "Paff is far more right than any of you will EVER give him credit for.

                As non politically correct and un IndyCar friendly as it is, it's the truth. "

                SeeuInMay 12/29/2010

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                • #9
                  They go because they want to go, and because they can go to one of the funnest times on the planet. The paddock will be full of other drivers who wish they were taking part in all of the fun.

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                  • #10
                    Ryan Hunter-Reay, Gonzalez, Del Monte, assorted Speraficos and other ride-buyers........

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                    • #11
                      a little early for some to be peein' on the parade ....

                      hehe, I made a pun

                      seriously - knock it off - if you want to comment on/discuss attendance at Surfers fine - but leave the attacks out of it

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                      • #12
                        "and i seriously doubt people in Australia like Champ Car or Indycar.. I bet they dont know the difference.. If it was all about Champ Car it would be the Gold Coast Champ Car 300 instead of Indy.. good try.."

                        Chris,

                        You've got to get more sleep or pay attention more.

                        Austrailia has been bitten by Champ Cars for years, and it's they that want to use the "Indy" thing in their name.

                        I know it's a "finger in your eye", but I also believe Champ Car should distance itself as far away from the "Indy" thing as possible, but fror different reasons.

                        Remember, Champ Car makes no pretense that it's not an American based, international road racing series (with some ovals) that runs a mix of tracks, here and throughout NAFTA (a deal that was meant to increase corporate profits by allowing the lowest possilble labor pool...baastards).
                        Claude

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                        • #13
                          Is this paid attendance? And I mean paid in the literal sense. Since this event costs the local government several million dollars annually, perhaps the discrepancy between the claimed attendance and the financial bottom line is that instead of people paying to get in, they are paid to attend.
                          I wish I knew - Dennis "Cutty" Wise

                          When its game time, it's pain time! - Terrible Terry Tate

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                          • #14
                            People paying to attend, what a concept.

                            56k on a rainy Thursday, in a resort town. Oh my. They ain't like the folks from LA and Phoenix.

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                            • #15
                              All three support categories took to the track
                              So if CC wasn't on the track, how do they claim people were there to see them???

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